Japanese culture in Ho Chi Minh City

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Japan-Vietnam day with displays of origami, traditional Japanese games and food will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on September 12.

The festival will introduce takoyaki, a Japanese dumpling, to the public. Vietnamese students studying Japanese will perform Japanese dramas and kendo - Japanese fencing.

There will be an exhibition of Japanese picture books, titled Ehon, and a fashion show featuring manga and cartoon characters.

Visitors will learn about ikebana, the art of flower arrangement, under the guidance of Sasaki Yasuhito, an artist from the Ikenobo Society of Floral Art, one of the oldest floral societies in Japan.

Ikebana is an art form around 550 years old. It sees arrangements of branches, leaves and flowers that show the beauty and strength of nature or people's emotions.

Vietnamese artists including actor and director Thanh Loc, director Nguyen Quang Dung, songwriter Duc Tri, and several singers will share their experiences of being in Japan.

The festival is co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan in HCMC and HCMC Youth Cultural House. It will start at 8:45 a.m. and go on till 6 p.m. at 4 Pham Ngoc Thach Street. Entrance is free.

For those who want to find out more about Ikebana, Sasaki Yasuhito will be holding additional workshops the next day, September 13, at Women's Cultural House at 192-194 Ly Chinh Thang Street at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. To register for classes in advance, call the Consulate General of Japan on (08) 3822 5314 or email kouhou1@overseamail.net.

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